NATIONAL Heritage Day celebrations in Mdantsane near East London turned chaotic when Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and other speakers were booed.
The crowds wanted to be addressed instead by President Jacob Zuma, who is in New York to address the United Nations General Assembly.
The national Heritage Day event coincided with Mdantsane's 50th anniversary.
The drama started when Motlanthe's convoy made its way to Mdantsane's Sisa Dukashe Stadium and the crowd, mostly clad in ANC colours, started chanting liberation songs and saying they wanted only Zuma.
As Motlanthe arrived, the large crowd started singing Asphelelanga, uZuma akekho, loosely translated as "not all of us are here if Zuma is not here".
When programme director Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile introduced Motlanthe, he cautioned the crowd of more than 5000 people to be respectful.
However, as Motlanthe took to the podium to deliver the presidential Heritage Day message, the crowd burst into pro-Zuma songs. – Asanda Nini and Mamela Gowa, with additional reporting by Sapa